A Habit, standing alone, can be positive, negative or neutral.
- A negative Habit is one that is damaging to the individual who engages in it, the people who might be affected by it or both. Texting while driving is an example of a negative Habit. It is a regular tendency that threatens the safety of the driver, his passengers and the motoring public with whom he shares the public roadway.
- A neutral Habit is one that is neither damaging nor Advantageous to the individual or anyone else. Chewing gum while driving is a neutral Habit. Although it might relax the driver, it does not create a superior circumstance through Movement. Most of what we call nervous Habits are neutral Habits. It is just repetitive behavior that has no significant effect on anyone. At their worst, they are a waste of time.
- positive Habit, a Brick, is a regular tendency that is Advantageous to the individual or others. Wearing a seat belt is a positive Habit. It reduces the likelihood of serious injury in the event of collision, which is Advantageous to both the driver and his Concentrica.
Through IMPACT, the HIM helps other men discontinue their negative Habits, minimize time spent on neutral Habits while initiating and ingraining positive Habits.
IMPACT is an acronym formed by the different aspects of what HIM does to achieve strong effect through forcible contact:
Influence: igniting a powerful desire for Movement
Missionality: Serving in the High Impact Zone
Positive Habit Transfer: ingraining Advantageous tendencies in others
Accountability: submitting to Standard through Enforcement and Consequence
Correction: zealously advocating for shared virtue
Targeting: initiating Missionality in others
Bad Habits are easy to slip into, but hard to break. Positive Habits are hard to develop, but easy to slip out of. If it were otherwise, people would simply replace their bad Habits with good ones without the help of anyone else. But it doesn’t work that way. Most people need forcible contact from another person in order to replace their negative Habits with positive ones. This help is best delivered in the form of the Positive Habit Transfer (PHT) .
PHT Continues Here
For nothing will be impossible with God.”
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
–T. S. Eliot
“Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.”
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I … I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
Leaders Leading Leaders
Guardrails allow a man to Accelerate without crashing
Through PHT, the HIM helps others eliminate negative Habits, become less distracted by neutral Habits and strengthen positive Habits. Bricks are the positive Habits that are joined into the Routines that form a person’s Guardrails, which are the foundational precepts that protect and incentivize Acceleration to Advantage.